SR: Who do you play?
Allison Janney: I play Dr. Bernice Deagan. She is the director of the Golden Quill National Spelling Bee. This is her world. This is what she lives for. She has been doing this for twenty years. She is as hard as nails. She means business and Jason’s character enters into her world and she wants him out. He’s ruining my life basically and everybody is looking at me to fix it. And I try and so it becomes my job to get him thrown out of this Spelling Bee.
Comedy Series Episode or Multi-Episode Storyline
Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! – Season 1
Californication – “The Unforgiven” / “Quitters”
Drop Dead Diva – “Cheaters”
Mom: Season 1
Nurse Jackie: Season 4
Performance in a Comedy Series
David Duchovny, Californication
Brooke Elliott, Drop Dead Diva
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Anna Faris, Mom
Allison Janney, Mom
Allison is a guest on The Talk Monday, and then on Chelsea Lately Thursday!
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Mark it down – Allison is scheduled to be a guest on Chelsea Lately March 6th!
Your character on Mom, Bonnie, can be hilariously blunt.
With some lines I think,”Gosh, that’s so mean!” I have to keep remembering it’s not me, it’s Bonnie.
Is it a milestone to play a grandmother?
I’ve decided I’m going to start saying I’m older than I am. When I tell people I’m 65, they’ll say, “You look amazing!”
What comedienne inspires you most?
The Carol Burnett Show was my bible growing up. She’s the coolest.
Do you keep in touch with the gang from The West Wing?
If there’s a chance to get together, we will. I love them very much. They’re my family, really.
What would surprise us about you?
I love to dance to hip-hop—Cypress Hill, Chubb Rock. Music inspires me. I can’t live without it.
ONLINE EXTRAS: More with AllisonYou got to work with Tony Shalhoub in the delightful 1996 movie Big Night. Do you keep up with him much?
I listen to the soundtrack of that movie all the time. And Tony is one of the nicest men you’ll ever meet. I adore him. I did an NBC pilot show [in 2012] with Tony for Greg Daniels, called Friday Night Dinner, and it never got picked up. But we were hoping to have a run at a show together.
You won four Emmys and four SAG Awards playing C.J. on West Wing. Where do you keep them?
They’re in my living room above my television. I have these built-in shelves where they sit perfectly. It made sense to me that they should be close to the TV, since that’s why I got them. And they look very beautiful up there.
02/27/2014 (09:01PM – 10:00PM) (Thursday) : THINGS GET ‘WILDE’ WHEN A NEW STARS AND RETURNING FAVORITES Face Off — Two contestants will lead a team of three celebrities, which include Sean Hayes, Allison Janney, Don Cheadle, Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde in hopes of winning the $25,000 grand prize. A series of unique party games will bring out the best, funniest and most competitive sides of some of Hollywood’s most beloved stars in this hilarious no-holds-bar competition hosted by Jane Lynch.
Celebrities such as Sean Hayes, Don Cheadle, Olivia Wilde, Taraji P. Henson, Kaley Cuoco, Jason Sudeikis, Julie Bowen, Lester Holt, Christina Applegate and many more will join in the fun as they Face Off in hilarious party games.
In the series, two contestants are transported from their everyday lives into a once-in-a-lifetime night of fun and celebration as they step beyond the velvet rope and rub shoulders with some of their favorite celebrities and compete for the chance to win up to $25,000.
“Hollywood Game Night,” hosted by Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch, is produced by Hazy Mills Productions (“Grimm,” “Sean Saves the World,” “Hot in Cleveland”), Mission Control Media (Syfy’s “Face Off”) and Universal Television. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith are executive producers.
Read more at http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Scoop-HOLLYWOOD-GAME-NIGHT-on-NBC-Thursday-February-27-2014-20140211#AiJJT4Fh84lw84YY.99
New photos of Allison from the Cirque Du Soliel event this week – big thanks to Lu for the HQ photos.
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